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Common mental health disorders (depression and anxiety) are a worldwide epidemic and there is no evidence that the epidemic is subsiding. Depression is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease (WHO). Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression. Psychological and pharmacological treatments are effective treatments but only for half of treated patients.

Event details of Urban Dialogue – extra session: Common mental health disorders (in urban environments)
Date 7 April 2021
Time 14:30 -15:15

Further, relapse rates in depression after remission are unacceptably high. Evidence for leading theories that explain the onset and maintenance of depression is fragmented. Whereas, depression is seen as a disorder that is caused by interplay of mental-, biological, stress related- and societal factors that can change over time characterised by large individual differences. One of the main research challenges is to understand the causal interplay between these factors in order to explore new targets for prevention and treatment. In this talk a multidisciplinary project will be presented on how complexity modelling tools successfully can be applied and explored to understand the onset and maintenance of common mental health disorders like depression in order to explore new targets for prevention and treatment.

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The Urban Dialogues Series

The Centre for Urban Studies cordially invites you to participate in the new Urban Dialogues series. This series gives CUS members and guests the opportunity to share their research and receive feedback, to enlarge their network, and to explore potential collaborations. Each session will start with a 30 minute presentation, followed by a 30 minute discussion, in which everyone is welcome to participate. Please find the full programme below.

27 October (16:00-17:00 CET)

Refugee Commoning Carescapes vs State Policies of Campization in Greece

Charalampos Tsavdaroglou and Maria Kaika

24 November (16:00-17:00 CET)

City Science

Caroline Nevejan

26 January (16:00-17:00 CET)

Sustainable Urbanization Practices in European Regions

David Evers

23 February (16:00-17:00 CET)

Wellbeing Index Amsterdam

Hebe VerrestNicky Pouw 

30 March (16:00-17:00 CET)

Multispecies Urbanism

Debra Solomon

7 April  (14:30-15:15 CET, EXTRA SESSION)

Common Mental Health Disorders (in Urban Environments)

Claudi Bockting

20 April (16:00-17:00 CET)

MOOC's: Experiences and Potentials

Marco te Brömmelstroet and George Liu

18 May (16:00-17:00 CET)


Sujata Patel

25 May (16:00-17:00 CET)

Politics of Non-knowing in Smart Cities

Anna Nikolaeva

29 June (16:00-17:00 CET)

Urban Aesthetics: From Places of Occupation to Gentrification

Olga SeznevaGiselinde Kuipers and Anastasiya Halauniova